Yolks and Spokes documents breakfast culture along the Mississippi River through multimedia storytelling with an ovular lens: the egg. Dana and Sara are riding their bicycles approximately 2,000 miles, beginning at Lake Itasca in the Minnesota North Woods, through the mid-continental United States and the cultural centers of Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, ending at the Gulf of Mexico. This route offers a dynamic natural, human, and food landscape. Yet the egg has a shape and a language that everyone shares. As they pedal along the river, they’re sitting around breakfast tables with ordinary strangers who consume eggs in all of the ordinary ways – over hard or easy, boiled soft, scrambled, sunny-side up – and letting the ceremony of preparing and eating eggs hatch an array of unexpected human stories.
The stories they have collected so far are almost comforting. It could just as easily be me sitting across the table talking about making fried eggs and bacon for my family at home. A Good Mess is my favorite so far!